Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5: 22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self‑control; against such things there is no law.
Session Three
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous. Shout for joy all you upright in heart.

Papaya Song (I Like Bananas)
I like bananas, I know that mangoes are sweet
I like papayas (PAPAYAS!), but nothing can beat
The sweet love of God

I was walking round in circles five miles an hour
Tryin' to find my way back to the Heavenly Father
The world tasted sweet, but soon it turned sour
And then I asked Him in and received His power (1,2,3!)

You can search for the tropics to find a fruit that's new
You can swim in the ocean, until your face turns blue
But look no further, I'll tell you what to do
Just open your bible to Galatians 5:22

The fruit of the spirit, from love to self‑control
If you plant it in your heart it'll strengthen your soul
So guard your fruit for also we are told
That you fruit will rot if it's left out in the cold (1,2,3!)

Paul tells us that one of the ways the Spirit shows up in us is our joy. We can read about joy in the Bible in many places. Hannah sings a prayer when she learns she is pregnant after trying for many years. It is in 1 Samuel 2:1-10, but let’s just look at a few verses.
And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. “There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.

Think about it. What is your favorite place in the whole wide world? What was your favorite gift? Think of someone you really enjoy being around. What do you feel like when you are around them?
These things give us a tiny vision of what it’s like to belong to the Lord and know the joy of His salvation.
Let us pray using Psalm 16:7-11
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.  For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

I have one more Scripture for you to consider Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
Great joy that will be for all people, the news of Jesus, the good news, the Gospel.

Our final song is, I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy
Lets sing.

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart (Where?)
Down in my heart (Where?)
Down in my heart
I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay
And I'm so happy
So very happy
I have the love of Jesus in my heart (down in my heart)
And I'm so happy

So very happy
I have the love of Jesus in my heart

Final prayer
Lord may we be Your children. May we know the joy of Your salvation. Thank you for our parents, teachers and care givers. Thank you for our country. Be with us this week. Amen.

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